Amino Acid Urine Test


Test Code: 700140
Specimen Type: Urine

Description:

Amino Acid Urine Test

This test measures the levels of various amino acids in the urine.  Amino acids are organic compounds that play a role in many essential functions throughout the body.  Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and can either be produced by the body or come from the food a person eats.  There are 20 amino acids that are necessary for normal healthy bodily functions.  9 of these, known as essential amino acids, cannot be produced by the body on its own and must come from a person's diet.  Amino acid levels can be affected by a person's diet as well as conditions that affect the enzymes necessary to break down and absorb various types of amino acids.  Urine testing measures the level of amino acids that are being eliminated from the body.  Low urine levels can correspond to lowered blood levels which may indicate dietary deficiencies or other issues.  Irregularly high levels of amino acids in urine can be indicative of a number of disorders including digestive issues, metabolic disorders, liver, disease, and impaired kidney function. 

The amino acid analysis test provides quantitative results for a selection of over 30 amino acids including the 9 essential types:

  • Lysine
  • Histidine
  • Threonine
  • Methionine
  • Valine
  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Tryptophan

Urine amino acid testing may be ordered along with an Amino Acid Blood test or as a follow up when blood levels are abnormal.  Results from this test should be interpreted by a person's doctor along with other relevant clinical findings.   

Turnaround for this test is typically 3-7 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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Amino Acid Urine Test


Test Code: 36183
Specimen Type: Urine

Description:

Amino Acid Urine Test

This test measures the levels of various amino acids in the urine.  Amino acids are organic compounds that play a role in many essential functions throughout the body.  Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and can either be produced by the body or come from the food a person eats.  There are 20 amino acids that are necessary for normal healthy bodily functions.  9 of these, known as essential amino acids, cannot be produced by the body on its own and must come from a person's diet.  Amino acid levels can be affected by a person's diet as well as conditions that affect the enzymes necessary to break down and absorb various types of amino acids.  Urine testing measures the level of amino acids that are being eliminated from the body.  Low urine levels can correspond to lowered blood levels which may indicate dietary deficiencies or other issues.  Irregularly high levels of amino acids in urine can be indicative of a number of disorders including digestive issues, metabolic disorders, liver, disease, and impaired kidney function. 

The amino acid analysis test provides quantitative results for a selection of over 30 amino acids including the 9 essential types:

  • Lysine
  • Histidine
  • Threonine
  • Methionine
  • Valine
  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Tryptophan

Urine amino acid testing may be ordered along with an Amino Acid Blood test or as a follow up when blood levels are abnormal.  Results from this test should be interpreted by a person's doctor along with other relevant clinical findings.   

Turnaround for this test is typically 4-10 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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